Skip to Content

Pink Lemonade Buttercream

Please share

Pink lemonade buttercream is pretty with its light pink hue and tangy lemon flavor. This frosting is quick to make, fun to use and super versatile.

swirl of light pink lemonade frosting.

If you are looking for a fun new frosting idea, you are in the right place. This pink lemonade buttercream is pretty, tasty and perfect for so many occasions.

It is built on an American buttercream base, so it comes together in minutes. It has lemon juice mixed in so it is not cloyingly sweet.

It also has a hit of lemon extract to amo up the lemon flavor. A dash or two of grenadine adds both color and a hint of flavor that really gives it that pink lemonade vibe.

Mini cupcakes with dollops of pink lemon frosting on top.

How Pink Lemonade Buttercream Came to Be

I was wanting to make some light pink frosting for a wedding dessert tasting. I was tempted to make strawberry buttercream and even picked up the ingredients to make it.

But at the last minute I was inspired to make something a little bit different. You know I am always chomping at the bit to play with new frosting flavors.

Mixer bowl filled with pink lemon frosting ready to use.

We have been on a lemonade kick around here. Homemade pink lemonade was our most recent version and it was a big hit.

So when it seemed like an obvious leap to turn pink lemonade into buttercream. I am so glad I did.

Tips for Making Great Buttercream

Start with nicely softened butter. It should be soft enough to easily be squeezed with your fingers but not too soft and wimpy.

It is best to use a paddle on your mixer rather than a whisk. It adds enough air to make it fluffy without giving it too many big bubbles.

Mixer paddle filled with fluffy pale pink lemonade frosting.

Beat the butter super smooth before you add anything else. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl and the beater to make sure there aren’t any lumps of butter left behind.

I like to mix in the powdered sugar first to add one more layer of insurance that the butter is smooth. Now add your liquids and adjust as necessary to get your desired consistency, hue and flavor.

Mix it until fluffy and smooth. A couple of minutes on medium speed should be plenty, you don’t have to go crazy on it.

Storing American Buttercream

Baked goods coated with this frosting can be stored at room temperature for several days. Feel free to refrigerate the frosted baked good to set the frosting, but it isn’t necessary to keep it chilled as long as your room temperature isn’t abnormally high.

Piping bag next to pan of mini cupcakes some with pink lemonade frosting on top.

Extra buttercream can be stored at room temperature as well. Just put it in an airtight container and keep it that way for several ways.

For longer storage, refrigerate the frosting for up to two weeks or freeze it for several months. Either way you will want to bring the frosting to room temperature and stir it well before using it.

More Fun Frosting Flavors

Bright blueberry buttercream is both colorful and flavorful. It is perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!

Rich fudgy buttercream with brownie mix whipped right in. This chocolate brownie batter frosting goodness is just begging to be put on your next cake.

Looking down on cupcakes topped with pink lemon buttercream.

Creamy peanut buttercream with a hint of brown sugar is perfectly fluffy and delicious. Pipe it on your favorite cake or cupcakes for an extra special treat.

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

swirl of light pink lemonade frosting.

Pink Lemonade Buttercream

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
Pink lemonade buttercream is pretty with its light pink hue and tangy lemon flavor. This frosting is quick to make, fun to use and super versatile.
4.87 from 22 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons grenadine


  • Beat butter until smooth, creamy and lump free.
    1 cup butter
  • Mix in powdered sugar until incorporated.
    4 cups powdered sugar
  • Add lemon extract, lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon of grenadine. Beat until well mixed.
    1 teaspoon lemon extract, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1 to 2 Tablespoons grenadine
  • Add more grenadine or lemon juice as needed to get your desired flavor and consistency.


If using unsalted butter, add a small pinch of salt to the recipe.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 19gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 62mgSugar: 19g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

Loved this recipe?Please consider rating it and saving on Pinterest.

Please share

Recipe Rating

Kathleen Beaulieu

Saturday 7th of August 2021

what #Tip did you use to make these cute cupcakes?


Monday 9th of August 2021

The tip I used doesn't have a number on it, but it is a star tip with lots of small teeth. I would think a Wilton #32 would give a similar effect.

Andrea Nine

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Just the thought of this, the photos and the name made me smile! YUMMY!


Monday 2nd of August 2021

😁 Thank you, Andrea!